US Media Issues
Journalist James Risen denounces President Obama as the “greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation”
By Nick Barrickman, 19 August 2014
Facing a possible prison sentence for refusing to identify a confidential source, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen denounced the Obama administration’s campaign against whistleblowers and journalists.
By Patrick Martin, 17 June 2014
The Army has appointed a high-ranking officer with combat experience in Afghanistan to lead the probe into the POW’s capture in June 2009.
By Patrick Martin, 9 June 2014
There have been numerous death threats against the parents of freed POW Bowe Bergdahl.
By Patrick Martin, 5 June 2014
The freed POW has been subjected to unprecedented media vilification because of his antiwar stand.
By Patrick Martin, 31 May 2014
A commentary published by the Times asserts that the US government, not the press, should decide whether leaked information about government wrongdoing should be made public.
30 May 2014
Glenn Greenwald’s book No Place to Hide sheds new light on the politics of the firing of New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson and her replacement by Dean Baquet.
By David Walsh, 21 May 2014
The dismissal of the New York Times’ first female executive editor on May 14 lifted the lid, briefly and partially, on the US media establishment and its personnel.
By our reporter, 20 May 2014
The New York Times’ role is akin to that of media attaché to the military-intelligence complex.
By Barry Grey, 13 May 2014
As the one-year anniversary of the publication of Edward Snowden’s revelations of government spying approaches, the campaign of vilification and character assassination against the former NSA contractor is being stepped up.
White House Correspondents Association gala
By Patrick Martin, 6 May 2014
Saturday’s gala of the White House Correspondents Association flaunted the ever more degraded state of American politics.
By Barry Grey, 5 May 2014
The New York Times responded to the fascist murder of 38 people in Odessa on Friday by burying the story and deliberately obscuring the identity of the perpetrators.
By Tom Peters, 30 April 2014
The Pentagon has drawn up plans to deploy nuclear-capable bombers and aircraft carriers off the Chinese coast.
By Patrick Martin, 29 April 2014
Politicians and media pundits who hailed rancher Cliven Bundy are now denouncing his racist views.
By Alex Lantier, 28 April 2014
As the US escalates its threats against Russia, risking world war, the American media plays its assigned role as propaganda mouthpiece.
By Nick Barrickman, 28 April 2014
The event sponsored by the Washington Post peddled illusions in the Obama administration.
By Alex Lantier, 26 April 2014
Times public editor Margaret Sullivan’s attempt to whitewash the publication of doctored photos underscores its role as a conduit for state propaganda.
By Alex Lantier, 24 April 2014
The Times is attempting to cover over its participation in an attempt to manufacture evidence of a Russian intervention in Ukraine.
By Alex Lantier, 22 April 2014
The newspaper’s unsubstantiated claim to have proof that Russian spies are driving the eastern Ukraine protests is intended to provide the US government with a pretext to escalate its aggressive confrontation with Russia.
By Patrick Martin, 8 April 2014
Seymour Hersh reported that the gas attack on Ghouta last August was staged with the assistance of Turkey to bring the US into the Syrian war.
By Joseph Kishore, 17 March 2014
Sunday’s referendum in Crimea has been seized upon to escalate the imperialist offensive in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, whose ultimate aim is regime change or war against Russia.
By Patrick Martin, 17 March 2014
The former Marine Corps officer with Special Forces training has been closely aligned with US dirty work in the Middle East and Central Asia.
By Shannon Jones, 18 February 2014
Four journalists who reported on the US National Security Agency’s illegal surveillance programs are being given a prestigious award amid mounting attacks on democratic rights.
By David Walsh, 5 February 2014
The alliance of self-satisfied media pundits, “human rights” activists, pseudo-lefts, feminists and openly right-wing elements, which periodically inundates the US with its moralizing in the service of political reaction, is at it again.
By Dave Hyland, 1 February 2014
A two-part review of Murdoch’s Politics—How one man’s thirst for wealth and power shapes our world, David McKnight, Pluto Press.
By Barry Grey, 20 January 2014
New York Times columnist Bill Keller and his journalist wife wrote on the case of a terminal cancer patient to argue against ordinary people receiving life-extending medical care.
By Barry Grey, 7 January 2014
What prevails in America is not democracy, but a revival of aristocratic privilege.
By Eric London, 4 January 2014
The editorial “Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower” is a belated acknowledgment of the massive popular support for the man who exposed the NSA’s totalitarian operations.
New York Times report:
By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2013
The Times report confirms that the Benghazi attack was blowback from the CIA’s use of Islamic terrorist groups to attack the Gaddafi regime in Libya.
By Barry Grey, 11 December 2013
The response of the American media to Hersh’s authoritative exposure of US government criminality has been to bury it.
By Alex Lantier, 22 November 2013
On Monday, the New York Times carried an article on the death of Abdulkader al-Saleh, the leader of the Tawhid (“Monotheism”) opposition militia in Syria.
By Kate Randall, 9 November 2013
In a White House interview, the president peddled the lie that Obamacare is a genuine reform aimed at improving the quality and accessibility of health care.
By Kate Randall, 6 November 2013
The Times and the well-off layers that it represents continue their support of Obamacare with calls for reducing “unnecessary” medical services for working families and the poor.
In exchange with Glenn Greenwald
By Barry Grey, 1 November 2013
The exchange of comments is an attempt by Keller to whitewash his role and that of the Times in withholding information at the behest of the government and publishing state propaganda in the guise of "news."
By Kate Randall, 9 September 2013
The American population is being subjected to a non-stop media barrage promoting the drive for an illegal war of aggression against Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 August 2013
In their attempt to make a case for a US attack on Syria, the Obama administration and the US media find no lie too stupid, no contradiction too glaring.
By Thomas Gaist, 23 August 2013
The New York Times published an editorial Wednesday defending the verdict against Manning while suggesting a slightly reduced prison sentence
By Eric London, 19 August 2013
A Twitter message posted Saturday by Time magazine senior national correspondent Michael Grunwald highlights the authoritarian sentiments that predominate in the media establishment.
By Matthew MacEgan, 16 August 2013
The widow of investigative journalist Michael Hastings confirmed that CIA Director John Brennan was the target of Hastings’ next exposé project.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 August 2013
The New York Times columnist assures the former NSA contractor that the US system “will not allow an authentic whistle-blower to be unfairly punished.”
By Andre Damon, 7 August 2013
The Washington Post, one of the United States' leading national newspapers, announced Monday that it had been sold for $250 million to Jeffrey Bezos, the multi-billionaire founder of the online retail firm Amazon.com.
By Thomas Gaist and Barry Grey, 12 July 2013
The New York Times published a front-page article Thursday that raises new questions about the alleged perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombing and adds to the evidence of a government cover-up.
By David Brown, 21 June 2013
The speed with which police have declared no “foul play” is an effort to suppress the many questions that exist about the death of the journalist.
By David North and Eric London, 14 June 2013
Since Edward Snowden’s exposure of the Obama administration’s domestic and international surveillance program, the political establishment and the media have been engaged in a non-stop campaign to discredit the young man and besmirch his character.
By Barry Grey and David North, 13 June 2013
The World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party call on all workers, students and youth within the United States and internationally to come to the defense of Edward Snowden.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 20 May 2013
Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editor and publisher of the Nation magazine, sprung to the defense of the Obama administration and dismissed charges that its attacks on democratic rights were comparable to those of Nixon and Watergate.
By Tom Mackaman and Barry Grey, 30 April 2013
One searches the TheNation.com and SocialistWorker.org in vain for an article seriously addressing—much less condemning—the police-military lockdown.
By Joseph Kishore, 30 April 2013
The attitude of the New York Times to terrorist attacks is entirely determined by the relationship of such attacks to the operations of US military and intelligence agencies.
By David Brown and Barry Grey, 25 April 2013
The New York Times published an editorial Monday that not only endorses last week’s police-military lockdown of Boston, but suggests that it was entirely consistent with democratic procedures.
By Barry Grey, 18 April 2013
While the nation, including the people of Boston, have remained calm, deeply saddened and shocked by the bombings as they are, the media and their leading personnel present a picture of disorientation and panic.
By Barry Grey, 16 April 2013
At least three people were killed and 144 wounded, including 15 with critical injuries, by two bomb explosions in downtown Boston.
By Alex Lantier, 20 March 2013
Multiple car bomb attacks hit Shiite targets across Iraq yesterday, on the tenth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, killing 65 and wounding at least 200.
By Naomi Spencer, 18 March 2013
Attempting to justify the Times’ unprincipled role in the events leading up to Manning’s arrest, the newspaper’s former executive editor wrote a column on March 10, “Bradley Manning’s Confidant.”
By Patrick Martin, 11 March 2013
A front-page article in the Times detailing the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki reveals both the criminal character of the killing and the liberal establishment’s contempt for democratic rights.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 March 2013
The Times itself had enthusiastically endorsed the military overthrow of Venezuela’s elected president.
By David Walsh, 8 March 2013
The Senate vote confirming the mastermind of Obama’s drone program followed a revealing quarrel within the establishment about the government’s right to assassinate Americans on US soil.
By Naomi Spencer, 2 March 2013
At Thursday’s hearing, Bradley Manning revealed this extraordinary fact: before sending files to WikiLeaks, he contacted both the Washington Post and the New York Times, but neither paper responded.
By Joseph Kishore, 8 February 2013
At the request of the Obama administration, the New York Times, Washington Post and other media outlets concealed the location of the base, used to carry out drone assassinations.
By Joseph Kishore, 26 January 2013
In a comment by leading columnist Robert Dreyfuss, the Nation magazine has jumped to the defense of Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, the former chief of the administration’s drone assassination program.
By Kate Randall, 19 December 2012
In the latest installment of its editorial campaign for sweeping cuts in health care, the Times promotes patient “self care” and “community aides” as substitutes for doctors.
8 December 2012
Letters in response to the December 7 perspective, “The American establishment and the British royal pregnancy.”
By David Walsh, 7 December 2012
The announcement that Kate Middleton, wife of Britain’s Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge, is expecting a baby has produced unseemly squeals of delight from the American media and establishment generally.
By David Maynard, 5 December 2012
The Obama administration is quietly planning to pass changes proposed under Bush and permit even greater media consolidation.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 August 2012
An article published last week in the New York Times on the spillover of sectarian tensions from Syria into Turkey belies the “democratic” and “humanitarian” pretexts for the ever more violent drive for regime change by the US and its allies.
By Alex Lantier, 21 July 2012
The Times’ response to the bombings in Damascus epitomizes the Orwellian character of the American media’s coverage of the war in Syria.
By David Walsh, 19 July 2012
”The Moral Case for Drones,” published in the New York Times on July 14, seeks to justify the assassination program run out of the Obama White House.
By John Braddock, 7 July 2012
White House logs demonstrate that meetings took place between Hollywood studio executives and US Vice President Joe Biden six months before the raids on Megaupload.
By Joseph Kishore, 30 June 2012
The specialty of the Times is to serve up the lying hypocrisy of the liberal bourgeois establishment, which is then transmitted in various forms down through the “left” defenders of the Democratic Party.
By Patrick Martin, 5 June 2012
The liberal economist and New York Times columnist has become a leading media apologist for Obama’s right-wing, pro-corporate economic policies.
By Patrick Martin, 23 April 2012
The New York Times is reprising its role in the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq, mounting an editorial campaign for war against Syria.
By David Walsh, 12 April 2012
Mike Wallace, the longtime American television journalist best known for his almost four decades on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” died April 7 at the age of 93.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 March 2012
On the ninth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, New York Times columnist and former editor Bill Keller has penned a self-serving piece that obscures his own role in justifying that war,while setting ground rules for launching the next one.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 March 2012
The New York Times tried Tuesday to maneuver between Israel’s threats of imminent strikes against Iran and the Obama administration’s strategy of allowing crippling economic sanctions to force Tehran into submission before launching a shooting war.
By David Walsh, 2 March 2012
A number of US media critics have attacked this year’s Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles with such venom that it invites a second look.
By Barry Grey, 31 January 2012
The New York Times on Sunday published a lengthy article in its weekly magazine that sympathetically and clinically lays out the arguments of Israeli policy makers in favor of a military attack on Iran sometime this year.
By David Walsh, 17 December 2011
Christopher Hitchens began his public life as a “left” journalist in Britain and moved on, without undergoing any apparent internal struggle, to become a proponent of imperialist war and oppression, residing in Washington, D.C.
By Patrick Martin, 30 November 2011
A lengthy article by long-time investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein, published in the New York Review of Books, sheds new light on the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, last May in New York City on bogus rape charges.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 November 2011
Forbes magazine, which bills itself as “Information for the World's Business Leaders,” has published an article on its web site entitled “The real Greek solution: a military coup.”
By Kate Randall, 15 July 2011
The FBI has opened an investigation into allegations that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. tried to obtain phone records of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
By David Walsh, 14 July 2011
The New York Times published a column July 11 that portrays media mogul Rupert Murdoch as “alive and vigorous and noisy and relevant” and a “visionary” who shows “risk-taking determination.”
By Kate Randall, 9 July 2011
A recent New York Times editorial challenges Medicare payments for two drugs: Provenge for prostate cancer and Avastin for breast cancer.
By David Walsh, 8 July 2011
The acquittal of 25-year-old Casey Anthony in Orlando, Florida Tuesday on charges of murdering her child in June 2008 points to a fact of some social significance.
By Tom Carter, 7 July 2011
In the aftermath of the collapse of the prosecution’s case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the New York Times is conducting a rearguard action to justify the conduct of the prosecutor.
By Kate Randall, 7 June 2011
The New York Times continued its deceitful campaign against “wasteful” Medicare spending and “unnecessary” tests and procedures in an opinion piece last week by Rita Redberg.
By Naomi Spencer, 3 June 2011
With 138 dead in the worst US tornado disaster in more than 60 years, the New York Times published an article Tuesday, prominently displayed on the main left column of its front page, under the headline, “Reconstruction Lifts Economy After Disasters.”
By Patrick Martin, 27 May 2011
James Risen could face contempt of court charges and imprisonment if he refuses to testify against a former CIA operative.
By David Walsh, 23 May 2011
The response of the Nation magazine and the International Socialist Organization (ISO) to the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn on sexual assault charges.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2011
In his first and so far only interview since the assassination of Osama bin Laden, US President Barack Obama spent half an hour on the CBS News program “60 Minutes” reveling in the details of the extra-judicial killing.
By Jerry White, 7 May 2011
The media and corporate sponsors have gone after Pittsburgh Steeler running back Rashard Mendenhall for criticizing the jingoistic celebrations following the killing of Bin Laden.
By David North, 4 May 2011
After Bin Laden had been liquidated, the White House and the media moved quickly to orchestrate the celebration of what was, in fact, an extra-legal state killing.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 April 2011
Having endorsed the Obama administration’s war in Libya on the pretext of “protecting civilians,” the editors of the New York Times are now demanding a sharp escalation in the killing through the reintroduction of the US military’s flying gunships.
By Jean Shaoul, 6 April 2011
The op-ed piece in Friday’s Washington Post by Judge Richard Goldstone presents an unedifying spectacle.
By David Walsh, 24 March 2011
On March 21, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, a principal voice of the American liberal-left in the mainstream media, offered a defense of the Obama administration and its role in launching a military assault on Libya.
By David Walsh, 10 March 2011
Vivian Schiller, president and CEO of National Public Radio (NPR), resigned March 9 in the wake of another “dirty tricks” incident staged by extreme right operatives.
By Barry Grey, 1 March 2011
The New York Times on Sunday published a column by its public editor, Arthur S. Brisbane, defending the newspaper’s decision to withhold, at the request of the Obama administration, the fact that CIA killer Raymond Davis is an employee of the US spy agency.
By David Walsh, 19 February 2011
The recent events in the Middle East and North Africa help expose the claim that the US government has an interest in democracy anywhere in the world. The Wall Street Journal has come to the defense of brutal regimes backed by Washington.
By David Walsh, 8 February 2011
The announcement that AOL (formerly America Online), the internet services and media company, is purchasing Huffington Post for some $315 million in cash and stock is a commentary on the “progressive” media in the US.
By David Walsh, 3 February 2011
The New York Times posted a lengthy piece January 26 by Bill Keller, its executive editor, on the subject of the newspaper’s relations with WikiLeaks and its co-founder, Julian Assange.
By Joseph Kishore, 31 January 2011
The new vice president of Egypt, Omar Suleiman, has long-standing ties with the United States and has collaborated closely in efforts to suppress oppositional struggles throughout the Middle East.
By Joseph Kishore, 24 January 2011
MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann abruptly announced his departure on Friday, the week before the formal transfer of NBC to its new corporate owner, Comcast.
By Andrea Peters, 8 January 2011
Over the past week the US media, and in particular the cable news networks, have exploited the story of Ted Williams for the most reactionary and self-serving purposes.